In addition to the completion of the 41 credits in General Education required of all UMES graduates regardless of major, all English Bachelor of Arts candidates are expected to complete 79 credit hours from a common body of academic coursework. The 79 credit hours must consist of 33 credit hours selected from the program core requirements, 12 credit hours of English electives (200 level or above), 12 credit hours in either French or Spanish language instruction, and 22 credit hours of free electives.
Because of literature's emphasis on human values and human interaction, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of occupations including journalism, publicity, personnel, research, sales, teaching and training. Students with backgrounds in liberal studies are potential candidates for executive and management positions. Undergraduate English majors often elect to enter graduate school in library science, law, medicine, business, and international affairs, as well as English and communications. An English major has much to offer that is essential to our society and has a wide, rather than narrow, choice of career opportunities.
REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES
ENGL 204-215 Students must select two courses from within this numerical range; each of these introductory courses focuses on a specific content area, including fiction, drama, poetry, creative writing, telecommunications, and film.
ENGL 218 - Approaches to Grammar
ENGL 301 or ENGL 302 AmericanLiterature I or II
ENGL 321 orENGL 322 English Literature I or II
ENGL 327 - African American Literature
ENGL 328 or ENGL 329 World Literature I or II
ENGL 330 - Advanced Public Speaking
ENGL 346 or ENGL 380History of the English Language or Introduction to Language Science
ENGL 412 or ENGL 413Commonwealth Literature or Novel East and West
In addition to the 33 credit hours of required major courses, English majors must complete a four-semester sequence in French or Spanish language instruction; 12 credits in English electives selected from a broad range of literature, communication, and theater arts courses; and 22 free electives which enables students to select additional coursework from other academic departments to support their individual career goals.